Girl, 15, hailed as hero after saving two men from Newfoundland lake

Published on August 7, 2014
15-year-old Chelsea Little and her 10-year-old sister Olivia Little.
Kevin Curley

The owner of a campground near Clarenville says a 15-year-old girl who saved two men from drowning should be recognized as a hero.

Neil Dawe, owner of the Lakeside at Thorburn resort, says Chelsea Little saved two lives as her stepfather and great-uncle both got into trouble.

It happened Monday when Chelsea and her 10-year-old sister Olivia, who was wearing a life-jacket, tried to swim across a cove in Thorburn Lake with their stepfather, Eddie McCann.

Dawe says Chelsea towed McCann — a 250-pound firefighter — to shore when he lost his breath midway across the 180-metre distance.

Chelsea then rescued her great-uncle, Greg Pelley, who became exhausted as he swam over to help.

Dawe says McCann had suffered a mild heart attack in the water and is now recovering in hospital.

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